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Iran Told to Freeze Uranium Enrichment Programme



Iran has been told by the UN atomic watchdog agency to suspend work processes that could lead to the creation of nuclear weapons.
The 35-nation organisation has also set an indirect late Autumn deadline for Tehran to heed its conditions.

A resolution approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors said it “considers it necessary” that Iran freeze all uranium enrichment and related programs.

It also said it “strongly urges” Iran to meet all demands by the agency in its investigation of the country’s clandestine nuclear activity.

These include unrestricted access to sites, information and personnel that can shed light on still unanswered questions on whether Tehran was interested in the atom for nuclear weapons.

Suggesting that Iran may have to answer to the UN Security Council should it defy the demands, the resolution said the next board meeting in November “will decide whether or not further steps are appropriate” in ensuring Iran complies.

The US, which accuses Iran of using the argument of peaceful nuclear aims to acquire the technology to make weapons, praised the text even before it was passed.

“Iran remains completely isolated in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the draft resolution ... makes that clear,” US Under-secretary of State John Bolton said in a statement.

However, the resolution has left Iran with room to manoeuvre and raised the prospect of new confrontation with the US when the agency’s board of governors reconvene in late November.

While demanding Iran suspend all uranium enrichment activities, the resolution also recognises nations’ right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy – which Iran says is what it wants nuclear enrichment for.

Iran’s present suspension freeze falls short of international demands.

It says it is honouring a pledge not to put uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges, spin it and make enriched uranium. But the resolution calls for a stop as well to related activities, including a halt to making, assembling and testing centrifuges, and to producing uranium hexafluoride, the feed stock for enrichment.

It also expresses alarm at Iranian plans to convert more than 40 tons of raw uranium into uranium hexafluoride.

16 posted on 09/18/2004 11:32:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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FAHRENHEIT 9/11 DEBUTS IN TEHRAN

Last week, in the era before Rathergate, several readers emailed this incredibly revealing story about the premiere of Michael Moore’s agitprop mockumentary in Tehran.

In a nation that really feels the dictator’s boot on its neck, the audience knows, with the certain knowledge of the oppressed, why their oppressor is allowing them to watch this movie. But they don’t even see (or care about) Moore’s loathing for his own country.

They’re too exhilarated just to catch an unvarnished, uncensored glimpse of ... America: ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ gets ‘axis of evil’ premiere.

TEHRAN (AFP) - Cinemagoers in the Iranian capital were given their first glimpse of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ this week, but appeared to enjoy more the rare chance to watch an American movie than its assault on their regime’s arch foe George W. Bush.

Michael Moore’s Bush-bashing polemic may have cruised through Iran’s unforgiving censors thanks to its indictment of US policy, but the premiere of the film also had the side effect of making some viewers relate the same questioning to their own state of affairs.

“The authorities obviously gave the film the green light for political reasons, in that anything against the United States must be good,” quipped one of the hundreds of mainly young people who flocked to Tuesday night’s opening screening.

The prize-winning documentary has been allowed out on release here to coincide with the third anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States — which kicked off a chain of events that has seen Iran surrounded by US troops and lumped into an “axis of evil”.

“They are showing this film to erase from our minds the idea that America is the great saviour,” said Hirad Harandian, another cinemagoer at the uptown Farhang cinema.  Thursday, September 16, 2004


17 posted on 09/19/2004 12:48:11 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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